Allis Markham

Allis Markham

Science, Style & Substance. 

Allis Markham is an award-winning taxidermist based in Los Angeles, California. Recently, she was named 'Third in the World' at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships for her African Jacana. Allis is also the 2018 California Champion receiving Judges Choice Best of Show, People's Choice and the Artisan Award from the United Taxidermist Association

Her clients include institutions such as the Natural History Museum of Santa BarbaraMoore Lab of Zoology, The Huntington LibraryThe Frost Museum of Science, Colorado State University and The Getty. Additionally, she has created commissions for Gucci, The Nomad Hotel EB Florals and television shows such as Bates Motel

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Born in the small town of Madison, Indiana, Allis grew up with a love of both nature and art -- happily with a lack supervision that made exploring both possible. Her first career as the Director of Social Media Strategy for the Walt Disney Company however, was a far cry from her naturalist roots...

 In 2009, Allis attended the Advanced Taxidermy Training Center in Montana. Upon her return to Los Angeles, she began volunteering at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. There she met her mentor, museum taxidermist Tim Bovard. Under his tutelage, Allis earned a staff position in taxidermy leaving her computer behind for good and picking up a scalpel. 

After completing the 'Nature Lab' and 'Becoming LA' exhibits at NHMLA, Allis decided to open up Prey Taxidermy in downtown Los Angeles. She not only gets to continuing working with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, but many other museums and nature centers across the country. This has enables her to work along side biologists, exhibit designers and curators around the world.

Allis continues to strive for excellence in her work and never stops learning. She has since had the honor of studying with many World Champion wildlife artists, including Tony Finazzo, Danny Owens, and Ken Walker